Deep Work (with Isaac Hopper) | Productive Pastor 71

How often do you build deep work into your schedule? Do you even know what deep work is? In this episode, I sit down with my buddy Isaac Hopper and talk about deep work. Isaac isn’t a stranger to the podcast, having been a guest before and being a moderator in the Productive Pastor Community. I was excited to grab time with him and talk about such an important topic. Deep Work Deep Work is the action of scheduling long amount of time, for a distinct purpose. As Cal Newport says it gives the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. The question we kept asking ourselves was this, what if deep work wasn’t the last work, but the first work? What are the handful of things we as ministry leaders should be concentrating our best efforts and energies on? Here is our short list of what can/should be constituted as deep work: sermons/preparation scripture/prayer reading/study vision writing Most leaders do not necessarily need to fit all of these elements in, but picking 2 or 3 should be sufficient to grow in leadership. These will be contextual topics, depending on your place of ministry, your unique gifts and the specific leadership situations you find yourself in. Just like a to-do list, your focus items should fit on a post-it note and written with a sharpie! The biggest lesson is finding the time for deep work happens around ministry leaders understanding what it means to control their calendar. This is the item in which we need to be the most responsible. We talk about how pastoral care...

2017 Reading

Every year I try to read more and read better. A few years back, Jon Acuff started the #EmptyShelf project, with folks sharing their reading each year by adding books to a…(wait for it)…empty shelf. So here are the books I’ve read in 2017 so far, and a quick review. Hopefully find some great books to read. 2017 Reading Imagine Heaven by John Burke I first heard about this book from a series Carey Nieuwhof preached at Connexus Church. I recommended the series to a friend who had some questions about death and ended up listening to all 6 sermons in one day! I picked up the book the next day and read it in 2 days. John wrote a fantastic book about near death experiences and what we can correlate them to in scripture. This is a fascinating and fantastic read. Some folks might be a little highbrow over the entire concept, but I highly recommend the book AND preached series. You can find John Burke’s resources to preach the series here. Resources for better reading Do you want to read better? Here are some resources on reading and keeping up with your reading. Why You Need To Build A Trello Reading List – Blog Post How To Read For Maximum Effectiveness – Productive Pastor 26 Previous Years Reading Lists 2014 reading 2015 reading plan  2015 reading (#fail)  My 5 Favorite Reads of...

My 5 Favorite Reads of 2016

I like to read. I like to read casually, I like to read intentionally. I have lists of books I want to read…and I will also stumble across something and put everything else absolutely down. So I wanted to make a list of my favorite reads of 2016.  Each book is wildly different and somewhat totally unrelated. If you are looking for more books to read in 2017, I don’t think any of these will disappoint. My 5 Favorite Reads of 2016   – Tools of Titans | Tim Ferriss I’ve read this 700+ page book in the last week. It didn’t come out until December, but I went through it super quick. Besides the few chapters of the research into psychedelics , I didn’t find a single bit of content unrelated to me life. Ferries is a noted (let’s just say THE noted) lifehacker. He compiled this book from his guests off the award winning podcast he hosts and produces. Every 4-5 page chapter is sharing the best window from countless practitioners around the world.   – Center Church | Tim Keller I read this book slowly in the beginning of the year. I need to read it again. Actually, I will probably always be flipping through this book. I was excited to see they have sectioned portions of it out into easier to carry copies since Center Church looks and thumps like an Algebra textbook. Keller’s thesis is that God has a distinct theological vision for each city, and the role of the Church is finding her place, conversations, neighborhoods and other points of intersection with this message....

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